Shantha Kumari

Shantha Kumari is a candidate for the position of FIGO Honorary Treasurer 2023-2025.

Biography

  • M.D, D.N.B, FICOG. FRCPI (IRELAND) FRCOG (UK)
  • Honorary Treasurer, FIGO 2021 to date 
  • Secretary General IAHR (International Academy of Human Reproduction) 2023 onwards 
  • Immediate Past President FOGSI (Federation of Obst. & Gynaec Societies of India) 2022-2023 
  • President of Telangana Chapter 2022-24 and Hyderabad Obst. & Gynaec Society 2023-24 
  • Professor of OBGYN & Sr. Laparoscopic Surgeon  

Executive summary

I am a certified Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Specialising in Laparoscopy and High-risk Obstetrics. 

My initiatives

I am well positioned as a Human rights advocate anchored in FIGO through DHEERA initiative ‘NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN’ which has given me exposure to Funders, UN bodies, WHO, development & implementa􀀁on partners and community-based organisations. DHEERA is a campaign I started in 2016 on No to 'Violence Against Women' (VAW) as a member of FIGO Working Group on No to VAW. In 2022 as President FOGSI, I started DHEERA online school certification program with UNICEF India, covered 3700 schools and 237000 students. August 2023: DHEERA march at FLASOG Congress in San Pedro Sula Honduras to sensitise the Latin American Obgyns to Say No To 'Violence Against Women' (VAW). 

Respectful Abortion Care: As President FOGSI initiated and led the Respectful Abortion Care Project in collaboration with WHO INDIA to all FOGSI members. 

NAIPUNYA is a skill enhancement program for paramedical staff for delivering respecctul maternity care & to reduce MMR and Morbidity to reach SDG 2030 Goals. 

Accelerating Action for Cervical Cancer Mukth Bharat: Advocated HPV Vaccination program with GOI to be included in national immunization program 

As Treasurer of FIGO - I have been to able to gain experience working for our International Charitable Organisation- FIGO that runs memberships, projects and investment accounts and updated my knowledge and skill in financial management.  

Represented FIGO at the United Nations CERD Committee meeting in Geneva in 2022 and spoke on the FIGO’s concern on Women's SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS which was jeopardised by the reversal of Roe and Wade case. The committee had then written to the US Government about our concern that women’s rights should always be prioritized. 

Financial stability is CORE to any organization. My substantive experience with handling National, Regional and Global Congresses more than 30 since 2005 to-date with delegate numbers ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 gives an important experiential background. 

Qualifications 

  • MBBS - Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad, India
  • MD - Kasturba Medical College Manipal, India
  • DNB - Diplomate from National Board of Examinations
  • FICOG - Fellow of Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of India (ICOG)
  • FRCPI - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI)
  • FRCOG - Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, UK
  • IAHR - Fellow International Academy of Human Reproduction

Professional attachment

Consultant, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, India

Teaching experience

  • Member of the Specialist Advisory Board in Obstetrics and Gynaecology constituted by the National Board of Exams since 2018
  • 20 years as Postgraduate Teacher & Examiner
  • MBBS, MS & MRCPI OB & GYN Examiner

Positions held

Professional Organization

  • President FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India) 2021- 2022
  • Chairperson Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ICOG) 2018-2019
  • Secretary Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ICOG) 2015 – 2017
  • Member of FIGO Working Group for 'No' to Violence Against Women (VAW) 2015 - 2018
  • Member of FIGO Committee for Human Rights, Refugees and Violence Against Women 2018 - 2021
  • Vice President FOGSI 2013
  • IAGE Managing Committee Member 2012– 2018 (Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopists)
  • National Corresponding Editor for The Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of India 2011-13

Awards

  • MOGS – Dr. Ganatra Charitable Medical Centre Award 2021
  • OGSH Lifetime Achievement Award 2020
  • MOGS Mr. N.A. Pandit & Mrs. Shailaja N. Pandit Award 2020
  • The Pride of FOGSI Award 2019
  • FOGSI Star Award 2017
  • C. L. Jhaveri Award at 42nd AICOG Award 1998
  • Young Scientist Award at National IAHR 1997

Conferences and workshops organized

Organizing Secretary of the ‘54th AICOG’ – All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Hyderabad 2011 with a record shattering 10,000 delegates

  • Org Chair of FOGSI-FIGO International Conference, Hyderabad 2023
  • Organized FOGSI-ICOG Annual Conference, FOGSI VP Conference & 4 Zonal Conferences 2022
  • Org Chair of FOGSI Presidential Conference on Global Conference, Hyderabad 2022
  • Organized Wisdom 2021- FOGSI-AOFOG-SAFOG Conference
  • Org Chair FOGSI-FIGO 2021 Impact of Covid on Women’s Health Globally, 2021
  • Org Sec of ISAR Conference, Hyderabad 2020
  • Org Chair of FOGSI TIAOG, Hyderabad 2019
  • Org Chair of FOGSI ICOG PPP, Hyderabad 2018
  • Org Sec of FOGSI FIGO International Congress 2017
  • Org Sec of FOGSI ICOG Fertility Regulation, Hyderabad 2016; International Conference on Pregnancy in High-Risk Patients 2015; FOGSI FIGO International Conference on Recent Advances in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2013;International Conference on Infertility 2012; ‘IAGE 2009 Conference’, Hyderabad 2009

Publications

Presented many papers, has many Publications. An invited faculty and delivered talks and many orations in various national and international conferences.

My core strengths

1 Leadership qualities 2. Financial health of Organisation 3. Team Building 4. Commitment towards members
5. Liase with the Govt. regarding Women’s Health 6. Education

FIGO is transforming itself regarding its policies and finances and I am glad to be a part of this transformation. With my
present experience as the treasurer FIGO I would be an asset and the link maintaining a necessary continuity to the new team led by President and the new CEO.

I am willing to continue serving at FIGO and appealing for your support for the electoral position of FIGO Treasurer in
the upcoming Paris Congress in 2023.